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Annual Internal Affairs Reports

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2016 Statistical Summary of Internal Affairs Investigations

A review of the Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations received during calendar year 2016 revealed there were three (3) complaints/investigations conducted by this police department. Two complaint/investigations involved one officer while a third involved two. Two investigations involved a single allegation of misconduct while one involved two allegations.

During the calendar year of 2015 there were three (3) complaints and investigations. In 2014 there were three (3) complaints and investigations. In 2013 there were five (5) complaints and investigations and in 2012 there were zero (0) complaints investigated.

Below are the divisions of the police department and the number of complaints and investigations that each division received in 2016:

Division / Unit
Number of Complaints
   
Administration Division
0
   
Support Operations
Criminal Investigations Unit
0
Conveyance Unit
0
P.A.C.T. Unit
0
   
Field Operations
Patrol Division
3
Boulevard Unit
0
Traffic Unit
0
   
Total
3

Of the four (4) allegations of misconduct investigated in the three Internal Affairs investigations in 2016, the following is a breakdown of the findings:

Unfounded
1
Exonerated
1
Not Sustained
1
Sustained
1

The Richmond Heights Police Department handled 23,238 calls for service in 2016 as compared to 19,813 calls for service in 2015. This is an increase of 3,425 calls, or 14.7%.

How to Obtain Police Reports
  • You may obtain a copy of a police report after 5 business days of the incident.
  • Within the first 30 days of the incident, the only people allowed to obtain a copy of a report are:
    1. People that are directly involved in the incident (named in the report)
    2. Attorneys representing involved parties
    3. Insurance Companies
  • Information found in a report cannot be given out over the phone. You must appear in person.
  • The cost for a copy is $8.00
  • You may request a copy in person, at the police department or send your request in writing along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • Please have the report number when making your request.
  • Accident reports may be purchased online by visiting BuyCrash.com

Contact Information:

Records Clerk

Phone:

314-655-3622

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm

Address:

Richmond Heights Police Department
C/O Records Division
7447 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

2015 Statistical Summary of Internal Affairs Investigations

A review of the Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations received during calendar year 2015 revealed there were three (3) complaints/investigations conducted by this police department. Each complaint/investigation involved one officer. One investigation involved a single allegation of misconduct. One involved two allegations and the third involved 16 allegations of misconduct. It should be noted that this third complaint/investigation involved misconduct that occurred over a six year period ending in 2014 but was discovered in 2015.

During the calendar year of 2014 there were three (3) complaints and investigations. In 2013 there were five (5) complaints and investigations.  In 2012 there were zero (0) complaints investigated and in the calendar year of 2011 there were seven (7) complaints investigated.

Below are the divisions of the police department and the number of complaints and investigations that each division received in 2015:

Division / Unit
Number of Complaints
Administration Division
0
Support Operations
Criminal Investigations Unit
1
Conveyance Unit
0
P.A.C.T. Unit
0
Field Operations
Patrol Division
2
Boulevard Unit
0
Traffic Unit
0
Total
3

Of the 19 allegations of misconduct investigated in the three Internal Affairs investigations in 2015, the following is a breakdown of the findings:

Unfounded
0
Exonerated
0
Not Sustained
1
Sustained
18

The Richmond Heights Police Department handled 19,813 calls for service in 2015 as compared to 20,158 calls for service in 2014. This is a decrease of 345 calls, or 1.7%. (Note: The number of calls for service reported in the 2014 Statistical Summary was incorrectly reported as 23,146.)

2014 Statistical Summary of Internal Affairs Investigations

A review of the Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations received during calendar year 2014 revealed there were three (3) complaints/investigations conducted by this police department that totaled four (4) allegations of officer misconduct. One of the complaints had (2) two officers involved.  During the calendar year of 2013 there were (5) five complaints and investigations.  In 2012 there were (0) zero complaints investigated and in the calendar year of 2011 there were seven (7) complaints investigated.

Below are the divisions of the police department and the number of complaints and investigations that each division received in 2014: 

Division / Unit
Number of Complaints
Administration Division
0
Support Operations
Criminal Investigations Unit
0
Conveyance Unit
0
P.A.C.T. Unit
0
Field Operations
Patrol Division
3
Boulevard Unit
1
Traffic Unit
0
Total
4

An additional breakdown of the fact determination in each of the above Internal Affairs Investigations is as follows:

Unfounded
1
Exonerated
0
Not Sustained
0
Sustained
3

The Richmond Heights Police Department handled 23,146 calls for service in 2014 as compared to 24,279 calls for service in 2013.  This is a decrease of 1,133 calls for service than received in calendar year 2013.

Noise Regulations

Noise Regulations depend on what is causing the noise.

Section 215.310 Public Disturbance Noises.

[Ord. No. 5349 § 1, 12-19-2016]

A. No person shall cause, nor shall any person in possession of property allow to originate from the property, sound that is a public disturbance noise. The following sounds are hereby determined to be public disturbance noises:

  1. Frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds made by any animal which unreasonably disturbs or interferes with the peace, comfort and repose of property owners or possessors except that such sounds made in animal shelters or commercial kennels, veterinary hospitals, pet shops or pet kennels licensed under and in compliance with the provisions of the Code of Ordinances shall be exempt from this Subsection; provided, that notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, if the owner or other person having custody of the animal cannot, with reasonable inquiry, be located by the investigating officer or if the animal is a repeated violator of this Subsection, the animal may be impounded;
  2. The frequent, repetitive or continuous sounding of any horn or siren attached to a motor vehicle, except as a warning of danger or as specifically permitted or required by law;
  3. The creation of frequent, repetitive or continuous sounds in connection with the starting, operation, repair, rebuilding or resting of any motor vehicle, motorcycle, off-highway vehicle or internal combustion engine, within a residential district, so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace, comfort and repose of owners or possessors of real property;
  4. The use of a sound amplifier or other device capable of producing or reproducing amplified sound upon public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising or sales or for attracting the attention of the public to any vehicle, structure or property or the contents therein, except as permitted by law.
  5. The making of any loud or raucous sound within one thousand (1,000) feet of any school, hospital, sanitarium, nursing or convalescent facility;
  6. The creation by use of a musical instrument, whistle, sound amplifier or other device capable of producing or reproducing sound, of loud or raucous sounds which emanate frequently, repetitively or continuously from any building, structure or property located within the City, such as sounds originating from a band session or social gathering and without limiting the foregoing, any loud or raucous sounds from social gatherings between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.;
  7. The erection (including excavating), demolition, alteration or repair of any building or structure other than between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekends, except in case of urgent necessity in the interest of public safety and then only with a permit from the Director of Community Development and Public Works for a period not to exceed three (3) days which, however, may be renewed for like or less periods while the emergency continues;
  8. The operation of any lawn mower, lawn care equipment, chain saw, wood chipper, stump grinder, leaf blower, or similar type of powered device before 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on weekends, except that the use of electricity generators during extended power outages and equipment used in the care and maintenance of the City Golf Course shall not be subject to such restrictions.
  9. Any violation of Section 405.550(A)(2).

B. No sound source specifically exempted from a maximum permissible sound level by this Section shall be a public disturbance noise, insofar as the particular source is exempted.

C. The following sounds are exempt from the provisions of this Section at all times:

  1. Sounds originating from aircraft in flight;
  2. Sounds created by safety and protective devices, such as relief valves, where noise suppression would defeat the safety release intent of the device;
  3. Sounds created by fire alarms; and
  4. Sounds created by emergency equipment and emergency work necessary in the interest of law enforcement or of the health, safety or welfare of the community, including but not limited to snow removal and other equipment involved in clearing streets, parking lots and driveways.
Yard Waste Regulations

Only water can be placed in the street. Piling of leaves in the street is a traffic hazard as well as a fire hazard. Yard waste may only be placed on the tree lawn (the area between the street and sidewalk).

Law Regarding the Removal of Animal Fecal Matter

Removing Fecal Matter (Ordinance §210.230):

Section 210.230 Removing Fecal Matter — Possession of Removal Equipment — Violation and Penalties.

[CC 1984 §6-43; Ord. No. 3140 §6-24.1; Ord. No. 3672(A) §1, 8-18-1980; Ord. No. 4938 §1, 6-6-2005]

A. Removing Fecal Matter.

  1. It shall be unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to remove fecal matter deposited by his animal on public property or public easement or private property of another, before the owner leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited.
  2. It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow the accumulation of animal feces or manure in any open area, run, cage or yard wherein animals are kept and to fail to remove or dispose of feces or manure at least once every twenty-four (24) hours.

B. Possession Of Removal Equipment. It shall be unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their animal’s fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property or public easement or private property of another.

C. Violation And Penalties. Any person found guilty of violating Subsections (A) and (B) of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished:

  1. By a fine of not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first (1st) offense; or
  2. For the second (2nd) and subsequent offenses occurring within one (1) year, a fine of not less than thirty dollars ($30.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
  3. The minimum fines provided for by this Section are mandatory minimums and shall not be suspended or deferred, except in cases in which the court determines that the defendant is indigent and unable to pay any fine.
Animal Leash Law

Section 210.220 Running At Large — Exception.

[CC 1984 §6-42; Rev. M.C. 1963 Ch. 26; Ord. No. 2953 §1, 4-6-1970; Ord. No. 3140 §6-24]

A.No person shall permit any dog, cat or other animal, whether vaccinated or not, to run at large or to go off the premises of its owner unless such dog, cat or other animal is under restraint.

B. In a prosecution charging a violation of Subsection (A), proof that a dog, cat or other animal was running loose in violation of Subsection (A) together with proof that defendant named in the complaint was, at the time described in the complaint, the person who owned such dog, cat or other animal shall constitute a prima facie presumption sufficient for conviction that the owner was the person who permitted such animal to run at large.

C. The provisions of Subsection (A) shall not apply to bloodhounds or other dogs used for tracking in conjunction with Police activities, or to dogs of the canine corps of a Police force of any City located in St. Louis County, of the St. Louis County Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, of any Federal law enforcement agency, or of any branch of the armed forces of the Unites States, while being used to conduct official business or while being used for official purposes.

2013 Statistical Summary of Internal Affairs Investigations

A review of the Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations received during calendar year 2013 revealed there were five (5) complaints/investigations conducted by this police department that totaled eight (8) allegations of officer misconduct. One of the complaints had three (3) allegations of officer misconduct and another complaint had two (2) allegations of officer misconduct.

During the calendar year of 2012 there were no (0) complaints and investigations.  In 2011 there were seven (7) complaints investigated and in the calendar year of 2010 there were seven (7) complaints investigated also.

Below are the divisions of the police department and the number of complaints and investigations that each division received in 2013: 

Division / Unit
Number of Complaints
Administration Division
0
Support Operations
Criminal Investigations Unit
0
Conveyance Unit
0
P.A.C.T. Unit
0
Field Operations
Patrol Division
4
Boulevard Unit
0
Traffic Unit
1
Total
5

An additional breakdown of the fact determination in each of the above Internal Affairs Investigations is as follows:

Unfounded
4
Exonerated
2
Not Sustained
2
Sustained
0

The Richmond Heights Police Department handled 24,279 calls for service in 2013 as compared to 22,622 calls for service in 2012.  This is an increase of 1,657 more calls for service than received in calendar year 2012.  This small number of complaints received reflects a record of professionalism and exemplary service by the police officers of this department.

2012 Statistical Summary of Internal Affairs Investigations

A review of the Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations received during calendar year 2012 revealed there were no investigations conducted by this police department.

During the calendar year of 2011 there were seven (7) complaints and investigations.  In 2010 there were seven (7) complaints and investigations investigated also. In the calendar year of 2009 there were three (3) complaints and investigations.

Below are the divisions of the police department and the number of complaints and investigations that each division received in 2012:

Division / Unit
Number of Complaints
Administration Division
0
Support Operations
Criminal Investigations Unit
0
Conveyance Unit
0
P.A.C.T. Unit
0
Field Operations
Patrol Division
0
Boulevard Unit
0
Traffic Unit
0
Total
0

An additional breakdown of the fact determination in each of the above Internal Affairs Investigations is as follows:

Unfounded
0
Exonerated
0
Not Sustained
0
Sustained
0

The Richmond Heights Police Department handled 22,622 calls for service in 2012 as compared to 22,363 calls for service in 2011.  This is an increase of 259 more calls for service than received in calendar year 2011. Due to receiving no complaints and investigations concerning the members of the police department, this reflects a record of exemplary service by the police officers of this department.